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Shigeko Kubota, In Memoriam

The New York Times
Shigeko Kubota, a Creator of Video Sculptures, Dies at 77
JULY 27, 2015

Shigeko Kubota, who with Nam June Paik, her future husband, was one of the first artists to see the artistic potential of video technology, which she integrated in intensely personal sculptural works, died on Thursday in Manhattan. She was 77.
The cause was cancer, Norman Ballard, her executor, said.

In the early 1960s, Ms. Kubota was exhibiting her avant-garde sculpture in Tokyo, with little recognition, whenGeorge Maciunas, the founder of the anti-art Fluxus movement, persuaded her to relocate to New York.

Like other members of the movement, notably Yoko Ono and Mr. Paik, she was deeply influenced by the ideas of Marcel Duchamp and the composer John Cage. Once in New York, she became a central figure in the group, making an immediate impact with the performance work "Vagina Painting."

At the annual Fluxus summer festival in 1965, she attached a paintbrush to the back of her skirt, dipped it in red paint, and, squatting over a large piece of paper, laid down broad, gestural marks. With its allusions to menstrual blood, "Vagina Painting" was an audacious retort to male-dominated Abstract Expressionism and, more particularly, to Yves Klein's use of women as "living paintbrushes" to create his "Anthropometry" series of works on paper in 1960.

When Sony introduced a portable video camera in 1967, Ms. Kubota immediately embraced it, making video diaries like "Europe on 1/2 Inch a Day" and "My Father," about her father's losing battle with cancer. She went on to integrate her videos physically and conceptually into works of sculpture.

"In video, time flows frame by frame," she said in a 2009 interview for the Oral History Archives of Japanese Art. "If I combine it with a still object, the resulting space will be like a museum, like a pantheon. If it is brought to a public space, it can heal people's minds - even, say, at a busy airport. It contains many possibilities."

Shigeko Kubota (pronounced shuh-GAY-ko koo-BO-tuh) was born on Aug. 2, 1937, in Niigata, Japan, where her father taught at a Buddhist temple. Both her mother and sister were passionate amateur pianists. Shigeko also studied piano but suffered from stage fright.

After earning a degree in sculpture from the Tokyo University of Education in 1960, she taught secondary school and made sculptures in her studio. For her first show, at the Naiqua Gallery in Tokyo in 1963, she scattered love letters on the floor, heaped up newspaper scraps into a mountain, and added a welded iron sculpture.

When the show attracted little attention, she headed off to New York, where she studied at the New School for Social Research and at the art school of the Brooklyn Museum. She was briefly married to the experimental composer David Behrman.

In 1968 she traveled to Toronto to record "Reunion," a collaborative performance piece in which Duchamp and his wife, Teeny, played chess with Cage on an electronic board, with the movement of the pieces triggering sounds and oscilloscopic images projected on television monitors.

Ms. Kubota used her documentation of the event, along with material she gathered later, in several works with the collective title "Duchampiana." In the sculpture "Marcel Duchamp's Grave," stacked monitors in a wooden column showed images of Duchamp's tombstone in Rouen, France.

In the 1976 work "Nude Descending a Staircase," inspired by Duchamp's 1912 cubist painting of the same name, she installed four television monitors in the risers of a wooden staircase, each transmitting images of actual nudes descending a staircase, with varying colors, speeds and angles.

Ms. Kubota took a more lyrical turn in the 1980s in works like "River" and "Rock Video: Cherry Blossoms," which reflected her Buddhist upbringing and reverence for the natural landscape. Both were included in a retrospective of her work at the American Museum of the Moving Image in Queens (now the Museum of the Moving Image) in 1991. When Mr. Paik, whom she married in the 1970s, suffered a debilitating stroke in 1996, his rehabilitation provided her with the subject of the video "Sexual Healing" (2000). After his death in 2006, she made a number of works in his honor, including "Nam June Paik I" (2007), a metal silhouette equipped with video monitors showing scenes from a vacation they had taken in Miami.

Over the years, she found herself explaining that her relationship with her husband was not that of master and disciple. "We are very different, like water and oil," she said in her 2009 interview. "Even when I did my own stuff, people said, 'She imitates Nam June.' I found it infuriating. So I headed further in the direction of Duchamp. When Nam June went populist, I went for high art."

Ms. Kubota taught at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and was an artist in residence at Brown University and, on multiple occasions, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. From 1974 to 1982 she was the video curator at Anthology Film Archives.
She is survived by her sisters, Yuko Kubota, Yushio Kubota and Keiko Hossho.

From the outset, Ms. Kubota brought a marked sensuality to the cool abstractions of the video data stream, vividly on display in "The River," with its graceful, hypnotic images of her swimming projected onto a mirrored trough. "The swimming body floats lightly upon the water, spins and dives with ease," she wrote of the work. "Once cast into video's reality, infinite variation becomes possible, not only weightlessness, but total freedom to dissolve, reconstruct, mutate all forms, shape, color, location, speed, scale."
Correction: July 29, 2015

Because of incorrect information provided by an interpreter, an obituary on Tuesday about Shigeko Kubota, a creator of video sculptures, misidentified one of her sisters, who survives her. She is Keiko Hossho, not Genji Kubota.
A version of this article appears in print on July 28, 2015, on page B10 of the New York edition with the headline: Shigeko Kubota Dies at 77; Created Video Sculptures. Order Reprints| Today's Paper|Subscribe

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1. Martha Wilson, FF Alumn, at Hand In Glove 2015 Conference, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN, Sept. 17-20

The Hand in Glove 2015 conference (HIG) will take place Sept. 17-20 in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota. Martha Wilson, FF Alumn, is a member of the Common Field Council, so you could use that as the lead-in to the announcement.

HIG Website

or simply www.commonfield.org

Just the Facts
Common Field presents
Hand-in-Glove 2015
A national convening for the field of alternative art spaces, artist-led projects and artists' organizations.
September 17th - 20th
Minneapolis / St. Paul, MN

HIG Images (Avatars, Headers, Backgrounds)

HIG Facebook Page

Social Media Hashtag

Hand-in-Glove 2015 schedule announced: www.commonfield.org/convening Tickets are now available! #HIG2015



2. Judith Bernstein, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, July 29

The New York Times
Review: Judith Bernstein Weaves Feminist Messages

Judith Bernstein's art has never taken any prisoners. In the early 1970s, she satirized male domination and its failings with wall-size drawings of round-headed screws. They were rendered in hefty strokes of charcoal that gave them both hair and rotary motion. They were unforgettable images - cartoonish one-liners perhaps, but expressing a fury that many women felt. They became an indelible part of the history of feminist art.
Some 40 years later, Ms. Bernstein has taken up oil and canvas, and is still pressing buttons. Now she mines the territory shared by Expressionist painting, political posters and graffiti. "Voyeur" - this show's title - implies turned tables.

While continuing her use of genitalia-based imagery, she now suggests that men are mere witnesses to the explosive ascendance of female ovoids and spheres. Rendered in loose, fast brushwork and hot pulsating fluorescents balanced by blacks and deep blues, these shapes usually number from two to four. Sometimes titled "Birth of the Universe," they recast Gustave Courbet's famous painting of a naked woman's pelvis - "The Origin of the World" (1866) - as a cataclysm of interplanetary proportions.

Female vulvas masquerade as flaming orbs and screaming triumphant faces, sometimes with sharp teeth. They are flanked and sometimes attacked by smaller penile forms that also double as eyes agog at what they see.

Scrawled vulgarities enhance the confrontational mood. Ms. Bernstein may be parodying Abstract Expressionism. More interesting: She seems to be melding the visual power of American modernists like Marsden Hartley and Georgia O'Keeffe with a sideways glance at Charles Demuth's "I Saw the Figure 5 in Gold." But most interesting by far: This artist is 72 and doing her best work yet, and she has lots of painterly talent to explore.

Mary Boone Gallery
745 Fifth Avenue, near 58th Street
Through Tuesday

A version of this review appears in print on July 31, 2015, on page C22 of the New York edition with the headline: Review: Judith Bernstein Weaves Feminist Messages. Order



3. jc lenochan, FF Alumn, at El Museo del Barrio, Manhattan, thru Oct. 17

I have been commissioned to create a work inspired by the ideology of the young lords exhibit Presente at el museo del barrio. Please visit this link.



thank you.



4. David Medalla, Adam Nankervis, FF Alumns, in Venice, Italy, Aug. 18-22

Here are the confirmations
of the talks and performances by Adam Nankervis
and David Medalla, FF Alumns, with the technical assistance of
Daniel Kupferberg, during the Biennale di Venezia 2015 :

Tuesday, 18 August 2015, at noon :
in the greenhouse (featuring a performance
by Adam Nankervis; subtitle :
'Lightning Ridge. Brisbane, Australia')
and in the garden of the Serra dei Giardini,
viale Garibaldi (next door to the entrance of
the Biennale di Venezia)
where we will converse about
Philippine culture.

Thursday, 20 August 2015, at 3 p.m. :
in the Manuel Conde section of the
Philippine Pavillion inside Palazzo Mora
on the Strada Nuova:
where we will continue our conversation
about Philippine culture past, present and future,
followed by the screening of the films
Adam Nankervis and I during our recent trips
with Daniel Kupferberg to Vicenza,
the birthplace of Antonio Pigafetta,
and to the Villa Foscari ('La Malcontenta') on the Brenta Canal,
where my Sand Machine (the first kinetic work of earth art) was shown in a nocturnal exhibition
curated by Paul Keeler in the summer of 1964.
I will create an impromptu performance about the
Chinese pirate Limahong and the Philippine peasant fighters during the Spanish colonial period.

Saturday, 22 August 2015, at 8 p.m. :
in the garden of the Peggy Guggenheim Museum
beside the Grand Canal, at Dorsoduro:
'Pangarap sa Panglao' ('Dream in Panglao').
a 'duetto' performance by Adam Nankervis and myself, featuring a jewel created by Misha Dare, and masks created by Adam and myself.


David Medalla



5. Jacob Burckhardt, FF Alumn, at BAM Rose Cinema, Brooklyn, Aug. 10

Hey Folks,
If you've managed to miss seeing Landlord Blues, a movie I directed in 1986, here's a chance to miss it again!! One night only, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The original 16mm print will be projected.
I'll be there.

Monday August 10 at 7pm at BAM ROSE CINEMA, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Peter Jay Sharp building, 30 Lafayette avenue, Brooklyn, NY
ONE SHOWING ONLY! 16mm projection!
BAMcinematek Presents Indie 80s
Landlord Blues, a film by Jacob Burckhardt

BAMcinématek and Cinema Conservancy present this six week, 60+ film series spotlighting the independent films of the neglected decade between the golden age of 70s New Hollywood and the indie boom of the 90s. Exploring the textures of regional America and uncovering alternative histories to the supposed monoculture of the Reagan years, independent filmmakers of the 1980s offered up an edgy alternative to overblown Hollywood blockbusters and the straight-laced conservatism of the era.



6. Crash, Daze, Jane Dickson, Stefan Eins, John Fekner, Guerilla Girls, Joe Lewis, Christy Rupp, Anton Van Dalen at Wall Works, The Bronx, opening Aug. 12

Jane Dickson & Crash present
WALL WORKS 39 Bruckner Blvd, South Bronx NYC
August 12th through September 10th
Opening Weds. August 12th 5pm - 8pm

In September 1980, the original City Maze filled Fashion Moda's 30' x 40' storefront gallery space at 149th Street and Third Avenue in the South Bronx with twisting graffiti strewn cardboard passageways surrounding a hidden center- "The Twilight."
City Maze was a place to be entered and explored, undergone and added to like the city itself, a warehouse of possibilities. Designed to engage the local children who came to Fashion Moda to hang out, it was a safe place for kids to go wild, and they did everyday. For those who reflected on it, the Maze was a microcosm of the choices and confusion of the city, a rehearsal space in which to meet challenges and overcome obstacles, a place to leave your mark. The center created a space of contemplation, regeneration, and a welcome experience for those from the South Bronx, New York City, or anywhere else.

Now, back by popular demand, Jane Dickson is creating an updated version of this landmark piece with original collaborator Crash at Wall Works, Crash and Anna Matos's South Bronx gallery. Intertwining past and present, the new City Maze presents a mash-up of historic street works by Christy Rupp, John Fekner, Anton Van Dalen, the Guerilla Girls, and Jane Dickson with contemporary works by Daze, Crash, The Tatscru, Judith Supine, Don Leicht, Ellen Harvey, Joe Lewis, Stefan Eins and many others.
As Fab Five Freddie rapped in the original City Maze video "Check it out y'all", come on in and get lost!



7. Barbara Rosenthal, FF Alumn, at Chain Theater, Long Island City, Queens, Aug. 14, and more

Fri, Aug. 14:
Barbara Rosenthal (FF Alum)
The film "Toil of Three Cities / Liebesmüh" by Barbara Rosenthal (FF Alum) has been selected by the NYC Film Festival at Chain, and will screen on Fri., Aug. 14, 6:30pm. Chain Theater, 21-28 45th Rd, LIC, NY 11101. (Near PS1; G, M, 7 or E train: If E, to Court St; exit back of train from Manhattan, turn left 2 blocks on 21 St, then left 1/2 block on 45th Rd.).
((The film festival itself runs Aug 3-16, and will also celebrate its closing night with a birthday party for Barbara, as she turns 67.)) chainfilmfestival.com
Director/Producer/Writer/Photography/Video/Editor/Performer: BARBARA ROSENTHAL
Year: 2012
Run time: 15:23;07
Language: English and German.
Color and BW
Shot in New York, London and Berlin, this experimental documentary performance narrative is a tongue-in-cheek video fable that tells the tale of an artist struck by the extreme, sustained physical exertion of ordinary workmen. She seeks meaning in her own life by searching for the reasons behind their seeming enjoyment of "backbreaking work for the pleasure of others." She decides to practice yoga to strengthen her own body and open her heart, but feels inadequate to the task, so she sets out on a quest to find a guru-worker to tell her why they work so hard. Feeling guilty that her own heart is not so pure, she tries to avoid detection and arrest, but that inevitably happens. While in prison she meets 12 hard-working prostitutes who do manage to open her heart, then 4 little girls show us what is and is not valued as labor in contemporary society. By the end, the construction worker's words of wisdom provide a surprising insight that can only exist in Rosenthal's absurdist universe, which, of course, tells much about our own. Includes evocative, powerful original jazz and experimental music by Charlie Morrow and four other composers, additional text, video, audio and performance by DJ RoBeat, Super-8 footage by Bill Creston, and images from Rosenthal's extensive library. Premiered at Directors Lounge Internat'l Film Festival, Berlin, Feb. 2012.
Wed, Aug 26:
Barbara Rosenthal (FF Alum)
Barbara Rosenthal (FF Alum) will read a chapter from her new novel, WISH FOR AMNESIA, during the opening of "The Art of Giving", curated by Samm Cohen, on Wed., Aug. 26, 6-9, at Smith & Jones Gallery, 673 Classon Ave, #1R. 11238. (S, 5 or C train. If C, to Franklin St, walk 1 block west on Fulton, then north 2 blocks on Classon.)
TITLE: "Wish for Amnesia"
AUTHOR: Barbara Rosenthal
PUBLISHER: Deadly Chaps Press, NYC
DESCRIPTION / AWARDS: The son of Holocaust survivors develops a Messianic Complex. This debut novel, 30 years in the making, has just been nominated for Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Novel, National Book Award and Pushcart Prize.
DISTRIBUTORS: Ingram; Create Space; SPD Small Press Distribution
E-BOOK: Ingram
ONLINE FREE FULL PREVIEW: http://issuu.com/deadlychaps/docs/barbararosenthal_wishforamnesia-dec
BOOK ORDERS: http://www.deadlychaps.com/novel/
SIGNED COPIES: Available at reading Aug 26.



8. Annie Lanzillotto, FF Alumn, at The Center, Manhattan, Aug, 21

Queer Love In Film and Print, Italian-American Style: An Evening with Annie "L is for Lion" Lanzillotto and writer-director Mikki "Alto the Movie" del Monico

Friday, August 21, 2015 at 7 PM | BGSQD @ The Center | 208 W. 13th Street, 2nd floor | NYC 10011

Writer-Director Mikki del Monico's romantic comedy "Alto" was selected as the upcoming Feature Screening for NewFilmmakers New York, Wednesday 8/26/15 at Anthology Film Archives. Alto is: Two Girls. One Gun. The Mob. Get your first taste here.

Author-Poet-Actor-Songwriter Annie Lanzillotto will reprise her cameo in the film and read from her memoir "L is for Lion," including the premiere of clips from her soon-to-be-released audiobook of the same title.

Don't miss this opportunity to ask questions about the creative process from a DIY perspective. Producer Toni "From Crowd Funding to Completion" D'Antonio will be on hand to share her hard-earned knowledge on making an indie film in NYC.

Reading, Performance, Q&A, Sneak Peeks, Ticket Raffles, Special Guests. How to survive Italian American families in and (mostly) out of the Mob.

Learn more at www.altothemovie.com and www.annielanzillotto.com | Suggested Donation: $5 to Benefit BGSQD but NO ONE turned away for lack of funds!



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